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Murder suspect surrenders to Sunnyside police

A man wanted in connection with last Sunday night's stabbing death of a 73-year-old Mt. Vernon woman at a Sunnyside motel has turned himself in to Sunnyside police.

Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder said as of 10:45 a.m. today (Thursday), Rene Ramos of Mt. Vernon was taken into custody and is being held for further investigation of the stabbing.

Earlier this morning Sunnyside Police Detective Sgt. Joe Guillen spoke to the 32-year-old Ramos, who is the primary suspect in the stabbing death of Idise Irene Holland, said Radder.

Radder said Ramos, who had earlier been reported as being 22, had been living with Holland in a motel in the 700 block of Yakima Valley Highway, along with his 19-year-old girlfriend, Abigail Alvarez of Grandview. Ramos reportedly fled the scene of the Yakima Valley Highway crime scene with Alvarez, who accompanied Ramos back to Sunnyside today.

Holland was found dead late Sunday night at the motel. Wednesday, reports from Skagit County law enforcement officials indicated the victim, Holland, and the suspect Ramos had a history of domestic disputes.

Ramos reportedly contacted Holland's family members earlier this week, confessing to stabbing her.

This morning Ramos called from the Tri-Cities area wanting to speak with someone to whom he could safely surrender himself, said Radder.

Radder credited Guillen's calm demeanor with talking Ramos into turning himself in to local police.

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